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Donaire: I'm Being Written Off as 'The Old Guy' - But I'm Peaking

Two-weight world champion has dubbed five-weight world champion Nonito Donaire his greatest opponent as the pair prepare to do battle in Belfast on Saturday.

Home fighter Frampton (24-1-KO14) can clinch the WBO interim world featherweight title and book a shot at champion Oscar Valdez by beating the legendary Donaire (38-4-KO24) at The SSE Arena.

However, with the 'Filipino Flash' having won world honours as a flyweight, super-flyweight, bantamweight, super-bantamweight and featherweight, 'The Jackal' is grateful to have enjoyed his "best ever" training camp.

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Frampton said: "I know everybody always says this as they go through the motions of promoting a fight, but I've genuinely never had a better training camp than this.

"I have a lot of respect for Donaire. He's a quality fighter and has accomplished more than anyone else I have ever fought.

"It's going to be a big thing for me to get the result here on Saturday night. That's why I trained so hard. I'm lucky to be fighting here in Belfast and bringing Donaire here. It's an honour.

"There is a lot more to Donaire than just a left hook. To say that is disrespectful. He's also got a brilliant right hand.

"I want to be involved in these fights that people talk about and are interested in. I need to be in fights that get me excited and nervous."

Donaire said: "It's great to be here in Belfast. Some people are writing me off as 'the old guy' but I feel I'm peaking now both physically and in terms of experience.

"Being in Belfast, the weather is cold but the welcome is warm. I've had people coming up to me - many of them who are serious Frampton fans - and welcome me to the city. I appreciate that."

Promoter Frank Warren said of the clash: "If you want to see a real fight on Saturday night, there's only one place to be. None of this celebrity in a jungle stuff - this is proper boxing."

MTK Global Professional Development Coordinator Jamie Conlan, who has already enjoyed his fair share of big nights in the city, added: "This is the biggest fight Belfast has ever seen."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by DuckAdonis on 04-18-2018

Frank's a boss lol

Comment by Julia Slobberts on 04-18-2018

Hahaha, that's awesome. Next time someone tells James Toney he needs to retire he should say, "No way man, I'm peaking!"

Comment by 4truth on 04-18-2018

"Written Off as 'The Old Guy' - But I'm Peaking" I don't know about the truth of it as it relates to Donaire but I am using that line.

Comment by richardt on 04-18-2018

The problem with older fighters is they follow younger fighters around and cannot pull the trigger like they used to. Donaire's best chance is if Frampton stands still long enough in front of him or doesnt use his the whole…

Comment by AdonisCreed on 04-18-2018

This is a decent scrap I wouldn't mind watching. Donaire has been in some entertaining fights win or lose I'd like to see if he has anything left in the tank.

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